MBE pride for Walsall musician Goldie
Musician Goldie is just one of those honoured from the Midlands in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.
The Walsall-born musician has said that being awarded an MBE is the beginning, not the end of achievement for him.
"I turned 50 in September and I've always felt there's more work to do," he said.
Goldie, whose real name is Clifford Price and also goes by the professionalname of The Alchemist, was honoured for his contribution to the music, TV and film industries and his work with a number of charities.
Goldie was raised in the care system and grew up around the West Midlands, spending a large part of his youth in theHeath Town neighbourhood of Wolverhampton.
During a BBC Radio 4 programme in 2014, he explained that as a young boy he always carried a suitcase around with him.
He made his name with his record Timeless, which is often described as one of most iconic British albums of the 90s. Hit track Inner City Life is regarded as a seminal dance song of that era.
Inspired initially by a DJ named Kemistry, he is often credited with havingintroduced new techniques into drum and bass music, and with popularising the genre.
Music aside, he tried his hand at graffiti and went on to exhibit his art at aLondon gallery.
He has appeared in several TV shows and movies, including roles in James Bond's The World Is Not Enough, as well as having a recurring role in EastEnders as Angel Hudson.
He appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Mastermind, and in 2011 he was on screen in Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment, which saw him meeting Prince Harry.